The October membership program is packed with several events: 6 pm Keying Workshop and Seed Exchange, 7 pm Social Gathering, 730 pm Chapter Business & Speaker. Bring a hand lens and headlamp to keying workshop to help see small details on willows in the darker interior of the Vets Hall.
CNPS Rare Plant Program
Turning Priorities into Projects and Connecting with Chapters
CNPS Rare Plant Program Manager and longtime SLO Chapter member Kristen Nelson will present on the ongoing and upcoming projects being led by CNPS rare plant program staff. This will include updates from across the state, as well as work going on locally – including several exciting and interesting updates from the 2023 field season. There are also several new projects on the horizon that Kristen will discuss, along with ways to support or get involved.
Kristen is the recent past Vice President of the San Luis Obispo chapter, and continues to serve on the board as the rare plant chair. She has a B.S. in environmental management and a M.S. (biology), both from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She has worked as a professional botanist and ecologist for more than ten years across private, government, and non-profit sectors. In her current role on staff with CNPS, Kristen oversees and coordinates field-based projects, including the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt, the California Plant Rescue, and other special projects within the rare plant program.